Suspension due to alleged theft
My daughter was placed on administrative leave for alleged theft. She works for an office supply company that uses coupons routinely when customers return empty ink/toner cartridges. A specific manager told her to use the coupon code for discounts when ringing up fellow employees and/or friends of fellow employees. She was accused of stealing $450 and was demanded to compensate the company or the police would be called and she would be prosecuted. She tried repeatedly for over an hour to explain she was doing this at the request of a manager to no avail. She never personally did it for herself, her friends/family. She was forced to sign a statement acknowledging said loss with another threat of arrest and prosecution. She has worked at the company for almost a year with wave reviews. She suspects she will be terminated when she returns to work as everyone else who did what this manager instructed was fired.
If fired, does she have a case for wrongful termination and coercion to sign the statement and give the company the $450? Does she have a right of reimbursement of the $450?